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Battle is set over test for hereditary breast cancer gene

A Utah genetic lab’s monopoly on testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer is being challenged by researchers at the Yale Cancer Center and other institutions that say it’s preventing other screenings that could save lives. The Connecticut news site, C-HIT.org (Connecticut Health Investigative Team) has just posted an important story about the actions swirling […]

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“Boston’s Brain Drain: The Cost of Being America’s Drunkest City”

I know of few families who have not been touched, even scarred by alcoholism.  But that’s not even the point of this short commentary by Ford Vox, identified as a brain injury physician and journalist based in Boston. This depressing piece — infuriating may be a more accurate description — in the Atlantic, http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/01/bostons-brain-drain-the-cost-of-being-americas-drunkest-city/250727/ — outlines […]

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‘Love and Autism’

In an ongoing series, “Autism, Grown Up,” New York Times writer Amy Harmon, in the Sunday paper, has a story that plunges into all the messiness of a new relationship, but among two young adults with Asperger syndrome. View “Navigating Love and Autism,” here. It’s writerly, filled with story arcs and nuance.  And it throws […]

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Of drugs and hard times

There’s a powerful piece in the New York Times today in a series called, “Lives Restored.”  This, “After Drugs and Dark Times, Helping Others to Stand  Back Up,”  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/20/health/20lives.html?_r=1&hp about a 41-year-old Delaware man’s struggles with addiction and mental illness. Yes, yes, you’ve read (or pointedly not read) dozens of these types of stories before. […]

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Sweating Bullets — Body Scanners May See Perspiration as a Potential Weapon

The folks at ProPublica.org, the online investigative news website, have looked into the high number of false positive readings being made by a type of airport scanner. http://www.propublica.org/article/sweating-bullets-body-scanners-can-see-perspiration-as-a-potential-weapon The millimeter-wave machines are considered safer than the X-ray body scanners, which are also widely used at airports. Unlike X-rays, however, the low-level electromagnetic waves are not linked to […]

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Is America Working?

The Financial Times, out of London, starts a series today, “Is America Working?” that examines “the US jobs crisis” http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6327a7f4-21bb-11e1-8b93-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1gKGPta9C . This first part may not break any new ground for those whose job it is to study what’s happening under our collective noses, but it can often be helpful to see things from more of […]

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Four hospitals face possible Medicare penalities

Patients are being readmitted within 30 days to four hospitals in Connecticut at higher than national rates after they have suffered from pneumonia, heart failure and heart attacks. As a result, those hospitals are facing Medicare penalties in 2012. A report by the Connecticut Health Investigative Team (C-HIT.org) http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/health/entry/hospitals_to_face_penalties_for_high_readmissions/ reveals that two of those hospitals, […]

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We lose boasting rights in this (green) category

Thanks to Talking Points Memo’s IdeaLab for pointing us to NPR.org, which has done a cool map tracking how various parts of the country rate in terms of buying hybrid and electric vehicles http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/where-do-hybrid-electric-cars-sell-best.php.   The San Francisco area (wow, who would have imagined?) that beats out all others in this category: 8.4 percent of […]

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We lose boasting rights in this (green) category

Thanks to Talking Points Memo’s IdeaLab for pointing us to NPR.org, which has done a cool map tracking how various parts of the country rate in terms of buying hybrid and electric vehicles http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/where-do-hybrid-electric-cars-sell-best.php.   The San Francisco area (wow, who would have imagined?) that beats out all others in this category: 8.4 percent of […]